Growth of the Cruise Line Industry
The market talks to each other, influences each other. So progress gets amplified. The more people who have ocean cruised, the more who will tell others, the more who will want to take an ocean cruise too.
Worldwide, the cruise industry has an annual passenger compound annual growth rate of 7% from 1990 – 2018. Growth strategies to date have been driven by larger capacity new builds and ship diversification, more local ports, more destinations and new on-board/on-shore activities that match demands of consumers. The industry is also expanding rapidly internationally. These activities help increase penetration in a core North American market that still has growth potential. Only 53% of the target North American market (or 24% of the whole U.S. population) have ever taken an ocean cruise. All the cruise ships in the entire world filled at capacity all year long still only amount to less than ½ of the total number of visitors to Las Vegas
A total of 6 new ships were added in 2014 with a total passenger capacity of 17,410. From 2015 to 2016, 17 more new cruise ships will come online adding 41,162 to world wide passenger capacity, or 9.1%. The ships from 2015 to 2016 will add $3.4 billion in annual revenue to the cruise industry.
|2014 New Ships|
|Tui Cruises||Mein Schiff 3||Jun-14||2500|
|Pearl Seas Cruises||Pearl Mist||Jun-14||210|
|Costa Cruises||Costa Diadema||Oct-14||3000|
|Royal Caribbean||Quantum of the Seas||Nov-14||4100|
|2015 New Ships|
|P&O Cruises||P&O Britannia||Feb-15||3611|
|Viking Ocean Cruises||Viking Star||May-15||928|
|Tui Cruises||Mein Schiff 4||May-15||2500|
|Royal Caribbean||Anthem of the Seas||Jun-15||4100|
|Compagnie du Ponant||Unnamed||Jun-15||264|
|2016 New Ships|
|Viking Ocean Cruises||Unnamed||Mar-16||928|
|Royal Caribbean||Oasis III||Aug-16||5400|
|Regent Seven Seas||Explorer||Aug-16||738|
|Viking Ocean Cruises||Unnamed||Oct-16||928|
|Seabourn Cruise Line||Unnamed||Oct-16||225|
|Clive Palmer||Titanic II||Nov-16||1680|
Sources: Cruise Market Watch’s proprietary Cruise Pulse™ and Port Pulse™ databases, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd., Carnival Corporation and plc, NCL Corporation Ltd., Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) and DVB Bank.